Today in History–September 27–the Library of Congress features Juan Ponce de León, who was granted permission to settle Bimini Island and Florida on this day in 1514. Seven years later, in 1521, Ponce de León sailed from Puerto Rico to Florida with two ships, two hundred men, fifty horses, as well as other domestic animals and agricultural tools. Unfortunately, the party was attacked by Seminole Indians and Ponce de León was wounded; an infection resulted and he died later that year in Cuba. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to uncover related resources.
Cuba & Florida: Exploration on a Historical Connection 1539-1991 (streaming webcast)
Spanish Florida (online exhibition)
State Spotlight: Florida primary source collections